Thursday, March 19, 2009

Announcing General Elections in India - tusker

The author of this photo ads: Elections to the 'Lok Sabha' the lower house of Indian Parliament has been announced! The 15th general elections are scheduled to be conducted between 16th April to 13th May 2009!

(Photo taken at Guruvayoor, waiting for a while to snap this trumpeting posture! Thank you tusker!!)

Guruvayur, also spelt as Guruvayoor, is a busy temple town in Thrissur district of Kerala, India, 25 km to the northwest of Thrissur city. It is a major pilgrimage town in India.

Guruvayur is famous for the many centuries old Guruvayoor temple, one of the most important temples in Kerala. The temple's deity is Lord Guruvayurappan (Lord Krishna in the form of a child).

A major tourist attraction is the elephant sanctuary, Punnathur kotta, near the temple where jumbos (tuskers) are trained for temple processions. The sanctuary has more than 60 elephants, given as an offering to God by the devotees of Lord Guruvayurappan.

Getting there - buses ply every few minutes from Thrissur city. Buses also operate from Ernakulam, North Paravur, Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, Pamba/ Sabarimala, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Kodungallur and Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram). Passenger trains operate from the station to Thrissur and Kochi, as well as an overnight express train to Trivandrum and further to Chennai. Cochin International Airport, the nearest airport, is some 80 km from Guruvayur. The other International Airport in Kerala is the Trivandrum Airport.

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